Posted on June 22, 2020 and last updated on June 24, 2020

Weskeag Preserve, South Thomaston


  • Preserve Size: 238 acres
  • Trail Mileage: ~ 1 mile loop
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: marsh and meadows

As of June, 2020, visitors to the meadowlands above Weskeag Marsh can do a roughly one-mile loop on a mown path through 238 acres of conserved land. Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Georges River Land Trust and the state are working to protect an additional 1,000+ acres in this area, “resulting in nearly complete protection of the marsh.”

From the trailhead on Buttermilk Lake, you can head off in either direction, eventually walking down to the edge of the marsh. It can be buggy in the summer, so be prepared. As we made our way around the meadow, we were enveloped in a sweet perfume from the grasses and flowers.

A visitor to Maine By Foot (and the preserve!) describes her recent walk: “It’s pretty small, but I found it very rewarding when I walked it yesterday—the hayfield was full of wildflowers, and the field ended at a little winding tributary to the Weskeag that felt forgotten and far away.”

Directions: From Route 1, drive down Buttermilk Lane for just about two miles. You’ll see the preserve trailhead and parking area on your right, almost directly across the street from the intersection with Iron Tree Street.

Let me know if you have any trail updates or corrections!